A middle school custodian resigned from his position after an investigation into Facebook messages he sent to a 13-year-old girl.
Rebecca, the girl’s mother who did not want to be identified by her last name to protect her daughter, said that she has tried to keep a watchful eye over her daughter’s Facebook activity.
Rebecca said that the custodian, who 10TV News did not name because he has not been charged, sent a friend request to the 13-year-old girl over the summer.
“I’m kind of a nosey parent, so I’m always looking,” the mother said.
The mother said that the janitor at Wedgewood Middle School sent private messages to her daughter throughout the summer.
According to the messages on Facebook, the man asked the girl questions like why she smiled around him, why one of the girl’s friends seemed more interested in talking to him and whether the 13-year-old was “cheating on him.”
“No 36-year-old man should talk to a 13-year-old girl,” Rebecca said. “You are an adult. You are in a position of power, so to speak, you are the custodian at the school. You need to know that it is not right.”
10TV News obtained the janitor’s personnel file. In the file, the man stated that his conversations with the girl were general and never were inappropriate.
He also stated that he was a family man, would never jeopardize a child’s safety and was embarrassed to be investigated for “talking to a student like a person.”
The mother said that the man needed to know that his actions were inappropriate.
“He needs to know that is not acceptable,” Rebecca said.
Columbus City Schools said that the man was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, but he resigned before his hearing. His last day is Friday.
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